A leading-edge, Engineering Youth Apprenticeship Program for Charleston area high school students was announced on November 15, with aspirations of becoming a national model utilized throughout the country. The program will connect high school students to high-demand engineering careers while creating a pipeline of skilled talent to fill employers’ job opportunities.
The Charleston Metro Chamber has worked collaboratively with Trident Technical College and Project Lead the Way to support the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program. “We are extremely proud to have the Engineering Youth Apprenticeship program making roots in the Charleston region, creating life-changing opportunities for our students as well as showcasing the efforts of our metro to create relevant educational pathways,” said Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber.
“I call this region the “Center for Innovation” for youth apprenticeships in the country,” said Dr. Amy Firestone, International Relations Officer with the United States Department of Labor.
The Chamber, through its Accelerate Greater Charleston 2 campaign, helps students stay debt free and offers every Youth Apprentice a full scholarship covering all their classes and textbooks to Trident Technical College. At the end of the two-year program, students will have earned a high school diploma, certification in a specific field from Trident Tech, credentialing from the U.S. Department of Labor and two years of paid work experience.
“Efforts here in Charleston, along with the support from local businesses, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and great implementations of Project Lead the Way in local schools, make this the perfect location to begin this collaborative work,” said Glade Montgomery, senior vice president of partnerships at Project Lead the Way.
The Engineering Youth Apprenticeship Program is expected to begin Fall 2018.